Sandy Powell - Judi Dench

Why did V&A’s Hollywood Costume Exhibition Preview Stun the Celebrities?

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The V&A’s latest Hollywood Costume exhibition wins over viewers’ hearts with its collection.

Your very own TrendNStylez editors had the opportunity to get exclusive insights and scoops for you from the ceremonial black tie dinner and preview of the V&A’s latest Hollywood Costumes show.

The ‘F’ word

The ceremonial dinner was truly classic, upscale and swanky. The ‘F’ word was quite predominant. Before you roll your eyes, and start thinking ‘have these guys lost it?’, let’s fill you in on the dominance of the ‘F’ word.

The Food,

The Fashionistas,

The Flowers,

The Fashionably Staged Costumes,  

Film Celebrities,

Film props,

Film Costumes

The ‘F’ word was present everywhere at the V&A museum and became a mesmerizingly visual treat to our eyes.

And the biggest star of the day was the exhibition itself.

Britain is a Dominant Force for Costume Designers

Costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis (spouse of director John Landis) was the senior guest curator for the show. On the stage, she said that Britain was, is and remains a dominant force for costume designers.

One of the most successful London-based costume designers, Sandy Powell was also the centre of attraction and honour for her outstanding work in Hollywood.

Costumes Come to Life at the V&A Museum

Sir Paul Ruddock, Chairman of the V&A sauntered the red carpet with film directors Tim Burton and John Landis, actors Helena Bonham Carter CBE, Helen Mirren, Andy Serkis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Simon Pegg and Michelle Rodriguez. As reported above, Britain’s pride Sandy Powell OBE, among others also graced the special preview of the exhibition.

Coming in through the Grand Entrance, the visitors walked on the red carpet which continued to the Dome, where they were treated to champagne and cocktails. On the way from the Dome to the Museum the guests were treated to vignettes inspired from films showcasing models donning epic jewellery from Harry Winston. The special invitees were immensely delighted by the private view of Hollywood Costume ahead of its official opening for the public.

Sandy Powell’s Oscar Winning Costumes

Having dressed many celebrities in varied costumes from different eras including the Elizabethan costumes, Shakespearean costumes, and from a wide array of genres ranging from housewives to hoodlums, the brainchild behind numerous Oscar winning outfits, Sandy Powell stands as motivated as ever. As she continues to design masterpiece costumes, let us take a deep dip into her fashionable, award winning creations that stand tall with pride at the V&A.

 For the V&A’s 2012 Hollywood Costume exhibition, British costume designer Sandy was asked to select 1 costume from the 5 movies she did with Martin Scorsese that encapsulates their 10 year-long association (2002’s Gangs of New York was Powell’s 1st movie with Martin Scorsese). She said she picked the costume she created for Daniel Day-Lewis for his character of Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York. With eye-catching frock coat, narrow-leg trouser in checks, top hat and long shoes, Sandy gave Daniel Day-Lewis, an overwhelming presence and the ideal look that made his character of a gang-leader look extremely terrorizing and threatening, just as Marty wanted.

Three of her perfectly created costumes from Shakespeare in Love are also being showcased at the Hollywood Costume Exhibition at the V&A Museum. When you visit the V&A Museum don’t forget to check out the costume (green leather jacket) Powell flawlessly designed for Joseph Fiennes’ character of Shakespeare in the film Shakespeare in Love. Another highlight of this British designer’s creations at the V&A Museum is the dress she created for Gwyneth Paltrow’s character Viola de Lesseps for the special moment in the film when she sets off to meet the queen.

The third costume being exhibited at the Hollywood Costume Exhibition is the one Judi Dench was dressed in as Queen Elizabeth I. It is surely going to be a treat to your eyes as you look at the fine details of the costume, by being physically present there and feeling the fabric yourself, LIVE. Get set to be transported back to the 16th century.

 This exhibition is on from October 20, 2012 to January 27, 2013. So that’s a little more than 3 months. If you are a film fan, a lover of art, a fashionista or anyone who loves beautiful things, this exhibition is a must visit. Don’t miss it for anything.